KEVIN S. COHEN: Friends
Kevin S. Cohen was 4, his family moved to a new house in
Edison, N.J. Rather than being daunted by the move,
little Kevin, the youngest of two boys, set out to make
new friends. Soon, he was standing at his front door
pointing to all the houses where he had made a
"He would point with his little hands and say, `That's
my friend across the street, and that's my friend from
next door, and that's my other friend from that house,' "
said his mother, Marcia Cohen. "And then, he never
changed. He was like a mother that way. You know how
children leave home and then it's the mother who brings
them together year after year? Well, it was like that
with my son. He had friends from all over. He was very
compassionate, a lot of fun. He loved people, and people
loved him back."
On Aug. 17, Mr. Cohen, 28, who worked at Cantor
Fitzgerald, took his parents to dinner at a fancy Italian
restaurant to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary.
Mrs. Cohen was reluctant at first because she figured he
would be tired on a Friday, after working all week. But
"Kevin was so proud that he could take us to a nice
place like that and take out his credit card and pay by
himself," Mrs. Cohen said. "He thought we had never been
there before, but we had. We just didn't tell him."